Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on The Girl at Midnight

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Girl at Midnight #1 by Melissa Grey
Expected Publication: April 28, 2015 by Delacorte Press
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo'sShadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #84: Red Queen

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Red Queen (#1) by Victoria Aveyard:

Teasers: In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again.
(Loc 30%, Loc 1600 of 5417)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maybe Someday - Review

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: March 18, 2014

385 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.
I can't begin to adequately describe the feelings I had while reading this book, the number of times my heart broke and the tears I shed. It was absolutely heart breaking to read. I stayed up till 11:30 one night because I could NOT put it down. This is big for me. I haven't stayed up that late to read a book that gripped my heart like this in a long time. (I mean seriously - I go to sleep no later than 10:00, and usually am out by like 9:00). I felt a very real connection with these characters and for the 2 days it took me to read it I was consumed with thoughts of them. Colleen Hoover is just THAT good.

This story is told between alternating POV's of Sydney and Ridge. The majority of the book takes place in text messages or instant messages between them. The why of that is explained very early on so I won't ruin it for you.

Ridge is such an incredible guy. Sigh... He is loyal, honest, and honorable. Sydney is a sweetheart and she is thoughtful and considerate. Together they have the best friendship with feelings growing much deeper. Only...the timing isn't right and the situation can't lend itself to anything more than friends. Thus maybe someday...

I read a Kindle version of this story so it did have the links to the songs by Griffin Peterson included. This was....different. I wouldn't say it added much to the story, for me personally, but it wasn't a distraction in a negative way either. Although I didn't really care for that style of music, it perhaps added the benefit of hearing the words played to actual music. I listened to the first 2 or 3 songs and then I just skipped that part when it would come up. After experiencing this in a book I can honestly say that I prefer just imagining what a song would sound like that's being referenced in a story than hearing someone else's version of what the song would sound like....if that makes sense.

I have so much to say yet don't want to give anything away from this amazing story. If you love tear-jerker romances, then this is the book for you! If you love books about guitar playing hotties, then this is the book for you! If you love other books by Colleen Hoover, then this is the book for you!

Favorite Quotes:
I never realized how powerful desire could be. It consumes every part of you, enhancing your senses by a million.

His memory is the last place I want to be. I would give anything to always be in his present.

People can't control matters of the heart, Warren. They can only control their actions, which is exactly what Ridge did.

Where's the Sydney who knows this shouldn't be happening? I'll look for her later. After he finishes with his pen.

Final Rating: 5 stars!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge: January Wrap Up

It's time for our first Monthly Wrap Up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Where did this month go? Since posting the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge - December Wrap Up, Sandy finished two series enders, but the problem is...she finished them both in 2014 so she's not counting them for this wrap up. But since she hasn't read any in 2015 yet, she did want to at least feature them: Out of Breath (Breathing, # 3) by Rebecca Donovan & Maybe Not (Maybe, # 1.5) by Colleen Hoover. 

Holly finished three series enders this month: Out of Breath (Breathing, # 3) by Rebecca Donovan, Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, # 3) by Robin LaFevers, & Maybe Not (Maybe, # 1.5) by Colleen Hoover.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the January giveaway runs from January 25th - February 25th. On February 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Sunday Post #112

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

American Sniper by Chris Kyle


Review - Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers (4 stars)


Planned Posts:
Review - Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

So, book news for the week. I changed my blog template and have been working to clean it up and just freshen it up a bit. After 2.5 years I was ready for an updated background. One thing is quite clear - I need HTML for dummies. I have found some pretty clear and concise tutorial videos but even with those I inevitably do something wrong and it just won't work. UGH! So here's where you lovely friends come in. I'm guessing you all know a whole lot more than I do and can probably help me out. When I uploaded the new template it deleted my Navbar. I see the gadget for the Navbar in my layout but it's not showing up on the blog page - no matter where I move it to in the layout it won't show up. HELP! Do ya'll have a magic easy fix for this? I would be MOST appreciative!!

The first 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge Wrap Up post is up too and I'm excited to have the other 20 bloggers participating along with Sandy and I. It's going to a be a great year finishing up all those series enders that have been waiting for me to read. If you haven't joined up we would love to have you! Come on over and check it out!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #83: Never Never

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher:
Teasers: "Did you work up an appetite while you were upstairs? Because in case you weren't aware, they serve lunch at the school you should both be attending right now."
(Loc 20%, 383 of 2042)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mortal Heart - Review

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3)

By: Robin LaFevers

Published: November 4, 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers

 464 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.
If you've read my reviews for books one and two, then you'll know I've wondered often what was going on with Annith. She, along with Ismae and Sybella, are the closest of friends from the convent and Annith is the only one of the three who has yet to be sent out on an assignment. In book one she writes letters back and forth to Ismae. But eventually there aren't any more letters coming in from Annith. The reader is left with a big hole wondering what is going on back at the convent and why Annith isn't responding to Ismae's letters. Well, this story explains the why of that.

The beginning of this story overlaps some of the time frame in books one and two. So as to not give anything away for those who have yet to read this fabulous historical fantasy story, I won't talk about the specifics of that time frame here. I will say that during the time frame of the French invading Breton, at the convent Annith begins to question strongly why she still hasn't been sent out on assignment to serve Mortain (who is one of the Nine gods) when she is the best fighter, not to mention the oldest, among the novitiates at the convent. When 15 year old Matelaine gets sent out ahead of her, she out right questions the Abbess's decision and this confrontation sets Annith on a path of self discovery. She cannot accept the Abbess's declaration that Annith is to be the next Seeress at the convent. Not to mention she has no gift for that position. She wants to serve and dedicate her life to the service of Mortain but she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life alone and kept away in some dark room, which is essentially the life of a Seeress.

Goosebumps! That's a good word for what I felt a great deal of the time on Annith's journey. And man, something happens that I never saw coming. Aren't those the best kind of stories though?

I didn't much care for the resolution coming at 95% through the book. That didn't leave much time to end the story without rushing and I really don't like my endings rushed.

A satisfying end to a enjoyable fantasy story! If you haven't read this series yet, you are missing out! This is historical fantasy so the time frame is of castles and kings and knights and princesses and wars. It's fantasy so there is magic and supernatural beings. This series is about powerful, independent women and it's about love, devotion and loyalty.

Check out my reviews of the other books in this series:

Grave Mercy (4 stars)
Dark Triumph (4.5 stars)

Favorite Quotes:
"And remember" - he flashes a grin that could only be described as morose - "I am a hellequin. I am hunting for redemption as much as for prey."

And what I want - in this moment - is to feel. I want to feel something new and forbidden. I want to feel powerful in some way - as I do when Balthazaar looks at me with heat in his eyes.

I am more drawn to him than ever, drawn to this meeting of not just our bodies and hearts, but our souls. It is an intimacy that I have hungered for my entire life yet have never been able to name.

In that moment, I realize that if I was not already besotted with him, I would fall in love all over again.

Final Rating - 4 stars
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